Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

turn the tables

turn the tables
Meaning(s)
1) reverse a trend or likely outcome
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • turn the tables on enemies/rivals/competition
  • Analysis
    When you 'turn the tables' it means to reverse your position or to turn a disadvantage into an advantage. You might 'turn the tables' in a sporting event or in a debate by reversing an argument. This is an idiomatic expression used in both social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. If you know how to turn the tables on an enemy, it will put you at an advantage.
    2. By using a variety of martial arts moves, you can learn different ways to turn the tables on your opponent.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. This new product will really turn the tables on our competitors.
    2. Our Sales have been dropping for a while now, but our new marketing strategy will turn the tables.
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